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Destination Congo

24 December 2014, Published under Cement News

In 2011 cement expert Keith Hall set off at short notice to the Democratic Republic of Congo to examine the cement cargoes of two vessels arrested by the local authorities due to complaints from the receiver that both consignments were either badly damaged or not in compliance with the descriptions on the bills of lading. In this article Keith charts the progress of his mission. By Keith Hall, Trident Engineering Services International Ltd, UK. Mishandling cement slings with detriment...

Ecocem awarded first self-handling stevedoring licence for Dublin Port

03 December 2014, Published under Cement News

Ecocem has been issued the first self-handling stevedoring licence at Dublin Port where it operates a slag grinding facility. Conor O’Riain, managing director of Ecocem Ireland, told the Irish Times that the company spent about €400,000 on a second-hand crane which was used last week to unload its first consignment of slag. Self-stevedoring would cut the company’s costs, he added.  Ecocem will unload two ships a month with the slag coming from northern Spain and western France.

Wärtsilä wins first bulk carrier order for its new engine

19 September 2014, Published under Cement News

A new cement carrier being built at the Scheepswerf Ferus Smit yard in the Netherlands will feature a six-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF main engine, making it the first bulk carrier to adopt Wärtsilä’s multi-fuel capability. The ship has been ordered by JT Cement, a joint venture between Erik Thun AB of Sweden and KG Jebsen Cement of Norway. In addition to the main engine, Wärtsilä will also supply an enclosed Gas Valve Unit (GVU) for easier installation and additional engine room safety. The ord...

Slow Mediterranean market offers forward opportunities

03 July 2014, Published under Cement News

It has been a very slow couple of weeks with few orders circulated in the market and often a long list of interested vessels for each new order. Clinker shipments from the Mediterranean to west Africa have been carried out at very sharp levels with owners taking the lower-paying cargoes and leave the extremely-saturated Mediterranean market, according to shipping broker Clarksons . Looking ahead, cement and clinker charterers expect to take full advantage of the low market. Some a...

Marine terminal options

18 December 2013, Published under Cement News

Terminal concepts have changed greatly over the years and the complexity of projects has increased. Today, terminals are not only designed for a number of technologies but also with differing design options and contract terms. With customer-specific concepts increasing, turnkey solutions are more in demand, as it is virtually the only way that customers can guarantee their requirements are met. In this article IBAU Hamburg explores the various aspects of marine terminal planning using exampl...

Ships transporting clinker collide at Chittagong port, Bangladesh

13 September 2013, Published under Cement News

Three ships carrying clinker collided at Chittagong Port in southern Bangladesh earlier this week, causing partial interruptions to supplies. However, local production has not been affected due to regular imports.   An official of the Chittagong Port told CemNet News that on 9 September 'Fortune Cloud', a Panama-flag bulk carrier (carrying 33,000t of clinker) arrived at Chittagong’s outer anchorage and came into contact with Bangladesh-registered bulk carrier 'Abdullah' , laden with 37,300t...

MacGregor wins order for Japanese cement carrier

28 August 2013, Published under Cement News

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a new order for autonomous loading and unloading systems for an 8700dwt cement carrier to be built for Japanese shipowner Taiheiyo Kisen Kaisha Ltd.   The 109m vessel will have four cargo holds, each divided into two compartments. The cement handling system is designed to carry up to three grades of cement in each shipment.   During loading operations, the ship's deck-mounted receiving aeroslide is connected to the shore facilities by flexible bellows...

MacGregor wins order for cement handling systems in China

27 March 2013, Published under Cement News

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured an order with Shanhaiguan New Shipbuilding Industry in China for advanced bulk-handling systems for a pair of 20,000dwt cement carriers on order for Singapore-based Associated Bulk Carriers (ABC) which is a fully owned subsidiary of dry cargo shipowner Precious Shipping PCL, Thailand. Precious Shipping operates in the small handysize sector of the tramp freight market. The identical sisterships will be equipped with MacGregor cement self-unlo...

Freight prices to receive triple boost

11 March 2013, Published under Cement News

As an oversupply in shipping capacity continues to plague the dry bulk freight market market with the Baltic Dry Index bumping along the bottom, there may be some signs of improvement. Higher forecast demand for commodities combine with reduced deliveries of new vessels and higher scrappage rates to support freight prices although a sustained recovery cannot be expected in the short term, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BoAML) research. Persistent oversupply in capacity is bei...